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Rand Group Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Rand Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, exciting work culture. Lots of upward mobility. Dynamic always changing workload. Very smart people. Flexible work schedules. Lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    Must wear a suit and tie to work everyday (except for summers). Structure of knowledge base is haphazard at best and therefore a lot of duplication and reinventing the wheel exists.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Work Environment Challenges"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rand Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Structured approach to delivery. Utilize a good methodology and enjoy a decent success rate with implementations. Good as a first position out of school for learning the ropes.

    Cons

    Very dysfunctional work environment. Poor guidance from senior managers and executives. No clear feedback regarding performance - irregular reviews. Meetings constantly rescheduled. Passive aggressive behavior from long tenured executives. High turnover in senior managers and executives.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more emphasis on 1) Valuing of employee contributions 2) Clear communication and transparency 3) Meeting obligations, whether respect for meeting times, timely employee reviews, or other promises

    Rand Group Response

    Aug 27, 2015 – CEO

    Two of Rand Group’s core values are accountability and responsibility, both of which you speak to in your post, which I thank you for. We take these values seriously. Regularly, we hold frank and ... More


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Director Sales"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rand Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall good employee camaraderie, friendly staff, small company.

    Cons

    No structure, lack communication. No leadership, motivation. High turnaround. If you resign, they let you go on the spot.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisor extremely micromanaged. My skills /potential were non existent. Barely delegated, no proper training. Patronizing. No room to grow.

    Rand Group Response

    Sep 2, 2015 – CEO

    As you noted, we do have a good team here. The structure at Rand Group is built on seven core principles, or values. These values include opportunity and responsibility. Our most successful employees ... More


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Great fit for some..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rand Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people who are skilled at their jobs. Take care of tenured well. If you are good at what you do, you'll be fine work-wise.

    Accounting/Finance backgrounds are more coveted and have more room to grow (makes sense as this is an ERP consulting company). Company name is growing in the MS Dynamics space and continuing to do so.

    Good UH campus involvement and recruiting. Community involvement. Cell phone bill reimbursement. Stocked frig with sodas and some snacks.

    Cons

    Office is too professional and business-like. Business dress code is too strict (developers have to wear ties except Fridays), but a positive is business casual from Memorial - Labor Day. Accounting/Finance backgrounds are move coveted.

    Yearly reviews, I am sure others would like more 1x1 time with managers (this depends on personality as well because not everyone is willing to schedule a meeting with a manager so the manager should initiate as a start).

    High turnover with senior personnel (this is somewhat expected in consulting of course) but the message is hardly ever translated down throughout the company. So need more transparency.

    Yearly staff retreat, this is no fun weekend retreat that you would think, it is a weekend where most of the office has to come together to review company policies and present presentations (please either change the name or actually make it a "fun" event for the hard-working staff members who deserve an actual retreat).

    The culture needs to be revisited because if the culture is not right, people will leave. Business may be great and the pipeline full of work, but if people do not feel as though they want to work there, they will look for alternatives.

    Advice to Management

    Review the company CULTURE as you would a sales meeting and opportunity for a $50M ERP AX engagement and come up with a strategy on how to change it while involving as many people as you can. Slightly changing the dress code is a start, but you all can do much better than that! I believe the culture is a driving force which lead to many senior people and managers to move elsewhere.

    I know management is always busy, but all management need to spend more time with their team somehow. If not, delegate that task to a team member, but please liven things up.

    If you feel as though the culture is fine, please take a blind pole and have everyone chime in. The results will be very revealing.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Honest Review of Application Dev team"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Social events
    -Free snacks and drinks
    -Mostly nice and professional people

    Cons

    -High turnover - During my employment at the Rand Group, three managers were replaced and more than 5 employees left(less than a year).
    - Management doesn't have time for you. No team meetings, no clear guidance, no communication to employees.
    even simple requests for a minute of a managers time was greeted with a solid and rude "Not now".
    - Management was blaming lower level employees for mistakes of higher level, closer to the plate more senior employees.
    - The Rand Group tried to prevent employees from receiving unemployment with lies and false information.
    - During several months of employment, never had a 1 on 1 meeting with direct manager.
    - They give no warning, reason for releasing employees, people just disappear one day for no clear reason.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with lower level employees.
    More team meetings
    More individual meetings.

    Rand Group Response

    Apr 16, 2015 – CEO

    Thank you for sharing this information. I always prefer hearing from people while they are working with us because then we can take action. But even after the fact can be valuable. If something ... More


  7. "Great company full of growing opportunities! *Mexicans/Canadians can easily get the TN Visa when joining Rand Group"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great opportunities to grow!
    -Excellent Personnel, always encouraging, helping and treating you with respect.
    -It's a good place for new grads, they'll provide with excellent training.
    -Great location
    -Very professional environment

    Cons

    No Cons! You will find many opportunities to grow in the company.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid the application development department."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Rand Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, great working conditions from a comfort standpoint, great management (except for the application development department)

    Cons

    Overbearing management for the application development department, most projects handed to you are already a month behind schedule and they expect the programmers to pick up the slack. Also watch out for all the positive reviews on this site, if you look at the dates posted you see that a lot of them are done on the exact same day, which is really suspicious.

    Advice to Management

    Multiple people leaving the company from the same department, primarily because they were being driven off by the same manager should say all.

    Rand Group Response

    Jan 19, 2015 – CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. We work hard as a company to provide a positive working environment. As such, Rand Group is a values based company where we focus on embracing opportunity, taking ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very Good"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Programmer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rand Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive and rewarding,good benefits and great work life culture

    Cons

    Best Company and nothing bad as i know of

    Advice to Management

    Good Management


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, good culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rand Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Growing company, great CEO and other staff members ( Director Talent Acquisition, Marketing & Infrastructure Directors etc.). No or little travel.

    Cons

    Growth related issues that could be resolved.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "If Rand Group isn't your goal in life, you won't fit in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rand Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with are wonderful, hardworking people, if they don't quit or get fired. Benefits are standard. Free Starbucks coffee.

    Cons

    CEO has a huge ego. His word is law. Upper management show very little respect for employees. If any one of them don't like you, you are fired. Managers are too busy and never have time to guide you. Depending on your position, you will be given an overwhelming amount of work and are expected to put in a lot of overtime, sometimes with short or no notice. Overtime is a metric on employee reviews. Unless you have been at the company for a long time, your work and effort go unrecognized.

    There is no team environment. If you are hired straight out of college, you are thrown in and it is "sink or swim." Many use exam dumps to get certified. College hires do not know any better and the company makes them think that this is how it is and you'll never find a better company. A lot of experienced hires will quit pretty quickly, if they are not fired for disagreeing with upper management. Very high turnover.

    Employees are asked to write reviews and give testimonials about how great the company is, but they are forced to lie. Read positive reviews with a grain of salt.

    Projects are undersold and lack direction, putting the pressure on employees to put in overtime without compensation. They only care about the money. You have to make this company your life goal if you want to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees and quality. Put processes in place for impartial decisions to be made. Allow your managers to make decisions.

    Rand Group Response

    Jul 29, 2014 – CEO

    Thank you for sharing your experience. We work very hard to create a work environment where individuals can be successful and reach their full potential. I would like to offer you an opportunity to ... More


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